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Police Officer (Lateral and Academy Attendee/Graduate) (Police Officer) - University Police Department

Apply now Job no: 503417
Work type: Staff
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 8 - SUPA - State University Police Association, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time

Working Title

Police Officer (Lateral and Academy Attendee/Graduate) (Police Officer) - University Police Department


Positions Available

2 Positions Available


SF State University

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

Applicants may visit for more information on SF State's policy prohibiting discrimination, and how to file an online report using the procedures under Executive Order 1096 Revised. Inquiries can be directed to the campus Title IX Coordinator and Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Administrator by calling (415) 338-2032 or emailing

San Francisco State is a 100% Smoke/Vapor-Free Campus.  Smoking or Vaping of any tobacco/plant-based substance is not permitted on any University properties.

The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect  Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code.  The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.


University Police Department

The University Police Department (UPD) is comprised of the Operations Division and Support Services Division that collectively provide twenty-four hours per day, year-round, professional police and security services to the campus community, ensuring for a safe and professional environment.

Appointment Type


Time Base

1.0 FTE

Work Schedule

Schedule to be arranged by supervisor.

Anticipated Hiring Range

$8,616.00 - $9,017.00 Per Month ($103,392.00 - $108,204.00 Annually)

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

The University Police Department (UPD) is responsible for enforcement of all laws, apprehension of violators, maintenance of order, preservation of human life, protection, and safety services to the SF State community. It is our goal to provide a safe environment for our campus community through proactive, progressive and professional law enforcement services. Our approach places an emphasis on public services and crime prevention. UPD is a progressive customer service-oriented department that encourages employee participation, innovation, and leadership. UPD is dedicated to the university’s strategic plan, committed to staff development, and promoting new innovative ideas while continuing to incorporate community-oriented policing and problem-solving strategies. Under the direction of a Police Sergeant, the incumbent is expected to perform law enforcement duties including: foot, bicycle and/or vehicle patrol of SF State campus, residential properties and surrounding community; investigate and prepare preliminary investigation reports; issue citations; make arrests; assist in the prosecution of violators of law; provide crime prevention information; and serve as a proactive resource to a uniquely diverse community. The incumbent may also work as part of a security detail with civilian and other law enforcement agencies at university and special events. The incumbent has the opportunity to participate in a number of special assignments such as bicycle patrol, various training instructor positions, detective work, background investigations, crime prevention, field training officer, motors and various lead officer positions.

Position Information

Protection of Life, Property and Facilities
Patrol campus and surrounding area(s) on foot, bicycle or by vehicle. Answer calls for service. Protect persons, property and facilities.
Provide security for large gatherings, assemblies or other activities such as registration, athletic events, or social events.
Participate in emergency preparedness, crime prevention and safety programs.

Investigative Support
Conduct investigations related to assigned cases or incidents that occur on or near campus during the assigned
shift, and take necessary action within the limits of existing laws, policies and procedures.

Administrative and Report Support
Participate in crime prevention activities, enforce laws, traffic regulations, apprehend and arrest criminal violators on or off campus.
Provide general information and assistance to faculty, staff and students and the general public.
Train new officers and civilian employees as assigned.
Prepare reports covering observed irregularities, violations of the law, or campus regulations.

Other duties as assigned

At All Times
Demonstrate behaviors that are in line with the User Friendly Principles (P530C) and Principles of Conduct for a Multi-Cultural University (P30D)
Demonstrate safe work practices for oneself, others and the office environment.

Perform additional duties as assigned to enhance the safety of the campus and surrounding community.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge and Abilities:
    Valid California driver’s license.
    Working knowledge of current law enforcement methods and procedures.
    Working knowledge of current criminal codes and laws.
    Effective interpersonal skills to resolve a wide variety of sensitive situations.
    Effective oral and written communication skills, including writing clear and comprehensive reports.
    Demonstrated ability to think and act effectively in emergency and sensitive situations.
  • Education and Experience:
    High school diploma or equivalent.
    Successful completion of a P.O.S.T. certified training program, including obtaining a Basic Course Certificate or currently attending a P.O.S.T. Police Academy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum Standards for Police Officer Candidates (California Government Code Section 1031):
  • Must have no felony convictions.
  • Must have no misdemeanor convictions containing elements of domestic violence.
  • Must successfully complete fingerprint and records check including local, state and federal criminal records.
  • Must satisfy citizenship requirements detailed in Government code 1031 (a) and 1031.5. Be a U.S. citizen, or a permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship and obtains citizenship within three years of application date.
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age by the time of sworn appointment.                                                                                    
  • Must have good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation which will be conducted as prescribed in the POST Administrative Manual, and must be completed prior to appointment date.
  • Must be free from any physical, emotional, and mental condition, which might adversely affect the exercise of powers of a police officer.
  • Must be able to read and write at the levels necessary to perform the job of a police officer as determined by the use of the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery or other job-related tests of reading and writing ability.
  • Possession of a valid Certificate of Completion of the Basic Police Academy is required at the time of the appointment.
  • Working knowledge of public safety, including law enforcement methods, traffic control, arrest and safety procedures in a campus environment, existing criminal codes, law, etc.
  • General knowledge of crime prevention, first aid and CPR.
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply campus rules and regulations, asses law enforcement or other hazardous situations, determine an appropriate course of action, prepare clear and concise procedural reports, maintain cooperative and working relationships with the campus community general public, and local and state police agencies.
  • Core Competencies – embody the following competencies:
    Bias toward collaboration and teamwork.
    Effective oral, written and nonverbal communication skills.
    Customer/Client Focus with an emphasis in problem solving and resolution.
    Personal effectiveness and credibility as demonstrated by interpersonal and professional confidence. Diversity and inclusion.


  • Physical Requirements: Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Must be able to complete all the physical requirements of active duty as a police officer. Work Environment:
    • Must be able to perform law enforcement duties and emergency related duties in various environments (indoor, outdoor, inclement weather, and other adverse conditions, etc.).
    • Requires ability to work various rotating shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays.
    • May be required to work on short notice.
    • May be required to travel, including during the evenings/nights and weekends.
    • Personal protective equipment required: police uniforms (as described in the University Police General Orders Manual) and duty belt with weapons.
    • Must be able to competently interact with a culturally and ethnically diverse population of students, faculty and staff.

Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check, passing of polygraph and drug test as part of the required medical examination.

Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.


Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions.  SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employee.

Additional Information


The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

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